Actually, they looked like this...
My first thought when I saw them was: fantastic. And my second thought was: what a horribly boring color! In this dull silver, they were immanently missable - I only spotted them on a second pass down the aisle. Plainly, they were screaming to be gold.
One leftover bottle of craft paint and a few brush strokes later, and they were on their way. Spray painting would be a great option, but I was too impatient and just used the supplies I had on hand. These would also be fantastic in a lacquer white (or black!).
Haven't decided where I'll finally place them, but I love the effect. And even with a little elbow grease, they're so much cheaper than the real thing. They appear to be made out of tin, and the palm leaves are movable, so you can shape them a little.
The best part? The small is $14.99, and the tall is $19.99. Go get a few while you can!
P.S. And let me know if you paint your own - I'd love to see the results!
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